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More than 300 representatives from the state’s 129 surf clubs and 11 branches have re-defined what Surf Life Saving looks like in the future, how it can evolve to meet the needs of members and the community as the largest volunteer emergency service in NSW. 

Glimpses into a more inclusive, brave and adaptive organisation was outlined by internal and external presenters. Highlights included the keynote presentation from leading researcher Dr Vivien Forner, who is heading up SLSNSW’s leadership development program, on what members really want from their volunteering experience and how clubs need to address some confronting truths about changing the culture and encouraging flexibility.

ABC personality Todd Sampson then delivered some inspirational insights into the power of the brain and how we can harness the unlimited potential within all of us. 

“It’s been four years since we were able to come together like this, with Covid throwing a spanner in the works for the last two years,” said SLSNSW President George Shales.  

“The energy and positivity we saw over the two days from everyone involved was fantastic and it was great to see clubs sending some of their younger members along to get a better insight into activities across the state and network with other clubs doing some really cool things.” 

Popular breakout sessions over the weekend included future trends in lifesaving equipment R&D, insights into Gen Z and connecting with youth members and inclusion and how we can better support member wellbeing.  

“The conference really delivered a booster shot into the arm of our organisation to reimagine the way we do things and collaborate better to drive real innovation and change processes,” said George Shales. 

 Tuesday 26 July 2022